Top Automotive Industry News for Week of December 23 - December 29, 2013

Here is the most important news associated with the automotive industry identified by the AEA for the week of December 23 – 29, 2013.

We hope it helps you stay up to speed on the most important developments in our industry:

- AEA Membership News -

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- Automotive Manufacturing News –

Ahead of the Bell: US durable goods (Businessweek)

Audi to invest $30.3 billion through 2018 on product expansion (Automotive News)

Ford F-150 Seen Borrowing Military Armor to Shield Profit (Bloomberg)

Hyundai, Kia propose settlement of U.S. fuel economy lawsuits (Reuters)

Tesla's 2014 Model S Keeps Its Five-Star U.S. Safety Rating (Businessweek)

Will GM or Ford buy Elon Musk’s Tesla in 2014? (USA Today)

- Automotive Retail News –

Consumer board’s ‘guidance’ against discrimination angers car dealers, lawmakers (The Washington Times)

Certified-used sales soar, and ’14 looks even better (Automotive News)

December is hot, hot, hot for auto sales as dealers sweeten their deals (Detroit Free Press)

Expiring tax deduction could boost truck sales (LeftLane)

If You’ve Been Thinking of Buying a Car, Now’s the Right Time (Time)

Shoppers flock to auto dealerships for year-end sales (USA Today)

This time, 16 million is on merit (Automotive News)

Volkswagen’s 2013 diesel-vehicle sales to top 100,000: Why it matters (LA Times)

Will the Auto ETF Keep Soaring in 2014? - ETF News And Commentary (NASDAQ)

- Automotive Wholesale News –

Depreciation hits electric cars hard (USA Today)

Exports of U.S.-built vehicles hit record (The Detroit News)

- Automotive Ownership News –

24/7 Wall St.: The most dangerous holidays (USA Today)

Average gas price will fall to $3.40 a gallon in 2014: GasBuddy (CNBC)

Google vs. Tesla vs. Ford: Who Has the Best Self-Driving Car to Get You Home Safely? (DailyFinance)

Parents find new ways to monitor teen drivers (MSN Autos)

- Automotive Enthusiast News –

All-electric race series with Leonardo DiCaprio team headed to L.A. (Los Angeles Times)

An inside look at the upcoming Arizona collector-car auctions (AUTOWEEK)

CES 2014 will showcase the near future of driving (CNET)

Ferrari 250 GT California could be your day off for $8 million (autoblog)

Year In Review: Our 25 Hottest Tests, Reviews, and Comparos of 2013 (Car and Driver)

- Automotive Servicing News –

Car parts maker Tomkins files for IPO (Reuters)

G.M. Joint Venture in China to Recall 1.46. Million Cars (The New York Times)

- General Business & Executive News –

Airlines Say ‘Happy New Year’ with New Fees (BusinessWeek)

Big year ends with Wall Street hopeful for 2014 (Reuters)

Digital marketing vendors attract capital (Automotive News)

Hyundai Motor America Announces Changes at the Top: CEO Krafcik to Be Succeeded by Vice President of Sales (Car and Driver)

November consumer spending posts biggest rise, 0.5%, in 5 months (LA Times)

Target Says Encrypted PIN Information Stolen in Breach (Bloomberg)

U.S. Mobile Internet Traffic Nearly Doubled This Year (NYTimes)

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